You’re interested in gardening—what now?
Gardening is a rewarding hobby that’s great for the mind, body, and soul. But before you get started, there are a few essentials to cover. So, here are a few basic tips for the budding gardener, to get you ready and planting.
Here’s a big one. You’ll find that most plants have a certain preference as far as sunlight goes. Some like direct sunlight all day, others like part-shade, and some like full-shade. How do you know? Usually, the tag that came along with your plant will tell you. But as a rule of thumb, any plant with soft foliage shouldn’t be in harsh, direct sunlight for more than a few hours. And for most plants, a few hours of direct, mid-day sun will be enough.
The first thing to consider as a beginner gardener, is that plants are alive. Shocking, I know. But the thing is, a lot of novice gardeners don’t consider that plants are living beings with their own needs. So, do some research, and make sure to give your plants what they (specifically) need to survive. Also, you might not want to hear this… but you will kill some plants. Probably quite a few. This is normal, so don’t worry too much when it happens.
Finally, your plants will definitely get pests, and these pests will likely cause some damage. It’s okay—you’re not a bad plant parent. Just take a deep breath, do some research, and deal with it, one step at a time.
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